Replicative form

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replicative form

An intermediate stage in the replication of either dNA or rNA viral genomes that is usually double stranded, the altered, double-stranded form to which single-stranded coliphage DNA is converted after infection of a susceptible bacterium, formation of the complementary (minus) strand being mediated by enzymes that were present in the bacterium before entrance of the viral (plus) strand.